Project TO BE EXHIBITED
The SEA is a work in progress. Different geographical points and a number of temporal encounters inspire the creation of a series of various works. The Aegean Sea, The Adriattic Sea, the North Sea. The sea in winter or in summer, sun-drenched or frozen, in daytime or at night.
The sea is a feminine place and by looking at her we identify something of our selves. Within water there can be no crack. We can exist through accepting perpetual change and transformation.
I am interested in such concepts as intuition, pause, the somatic quality of an experience, as well as the renegotiation of humans with the experience of time and wear.
The works deal with Desire, Loss and Clarity that can generate a disposition of gratitude toward life.
I believe that all too often contemporary pieces of art are perceived as being autonomous from their environment. I am opting to install my work in spaces that would form a reciprocal dynamic with it. I am interested in reconnecting the artwork to the space in order to create a place.
Technique and Time
The mosaics, although large in scale, are made in the opus vermiculatum technique, meaning with very small tesserae. This technique demands slowness, which rewards one with the expansion and experience of time. The creation, as well as the appreciation of a mosaic require patience, persistence and a sincere encounter with the “self “.
There are, indeed, things that cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest.
The white mosaics are inspired by the frozen Northern Sea. They are complemented by a series of drawings.
The marble gets fragmented into thousands of small tesserae, bearing the transparency of ice. The darker tesserae, which are black, brown and grey in colour, form traces of moving waves. All tesserae float on the white mortar, which unifies them. The work is finally rubbed down with a power sander so that its surface becomes smooth like a marble that had never been fragmented. Its cold surface alludes to water that has been frozen.
A piece of marble as a fossil of the icy sea. An artwork not made by hand.
A marble intact.